tv Hillary Clinton at Kirkwood Community College CSPAN April 19, 2015 4:50pm-5:56pm EDT
children don't have to struggle the way she has to. the young student who takes two buses before dawn to attend a better school halfway across town. the workers in our hotel kitchens, the landscaping crews in our neighborhoods, the late night janitorial staff who clean our offices and even the bar tenders who tonight are standing in the back of a room somewhere in america. if their american dream's become impossible, we will have just become another country. but if they succeed, this 21st century will also be an american century. [cheers and applause] this will be the message of my campaign. and the purpose of my presidency. and to succeed on this journey i will need your prayers and your
support and ultimately your vote. [applause] and so tonight i'm asking to you take that first step with me by joining us at our website, mark -- marcorubio.com. my wife, jeanette and my four children will are here tonight. [cheers and applause] the next 19 months will take me far away from home. i'll miss watching amanda run track. and daniela play volleyball and anthony play football and dominic play soccer. but i have chosen this course because this election, this election is about them. theirs is the most important generation in america. [applause] and i'll tell you why.
because if we can capture the promise of this new century, they will be the freest and the most prosperous americans that have ever lived. but if we fail, they will be the first generation of americans to inherit a country worse off than the one left for their parents. the final verdict on our generation will be written by americans who have not yet been born. let us make sure they record that we made the right choice, that in the early years of this century, faced with a rapidly changing and uncertain world our generation rose to face the great challenges of our time. and because we did, because we did, there was still one place in the world where who you come from does not determine how far you go. [applause] because we did the american miracle lived on. because we did, our children and theirs lived in a new american century.
[crowd chanting "marco"] senator ] "] ♪ announcer: just a few days after announcing her candidacy for president, hillary clinton held her first official campaign event in monticello, iowa. the former secretary of state set down with students and educators for a discussion that was just over one hour.
>> what we are going to do today is have a little round table here it i thought we would introduce ourselves and tell us where you are from and all that stuff. andrew, let's start with you. >> hi, i have been taking classes here for three years now. i am going to the tech academy. i will begrudge waiting in may then i will head to annapolis at the naval academy to major in systems engineering. hillary clinton: good luck. >> i am a junior. i started started taking classes my sophomore year at kirkwood, an online class. i am currently in arts and sciences. and by the time i graduate, i will have 48 credit hours done.
hillary clinton: wow, that is great. ok. diane: my name is diane and i have spent the last 21 years as a high school thing is teacher and i spent six of those years here part-time as an adjunct instructor. hillary clinton: great. >> drew: i am drew and i am currently taking biotech classes here. i have had a great time in this college experience.
i plan to go on to do something with engineering. hillary clinton: great, good. >> my name is bethany. i am what they call a nontraditional college student. i am taking administration and management and i am also doing other programs at kirkwood. hillary clinton: i want to thank you for having me here. i just had a terrific tour of the advanced manufacturing laboratory, and talked with the instructor, the students, all of whom are high school students who are doing work like what you described, the great opportunity to mix your high school years with college learning and college credits.
and i am really pleased to be at a community college that is so visionary and effective in trying to serve as a bridge for people who are nontraditional, but coming back to add to their skills, all the way to high school students who are taking advantage of the opportunity and the cooperation between the college and the high school. it is something i want to see more of. this is a real model for how we can provide more continuous learning, starting in high school, but going as far as necessary to help better prepare young people, and all people for the economy that is raising -- awaiting us. before we get started, i want to hear from each of you more information about what you see as the challenges that you face in your education, but the -- both as students and as
educators. and the opportunities that you hope to be able to take advantage of. i want to tell you a little bit about why i am here. i think we all know that americans have come back from some pretty tough economic times. and our country is much better off, because american families have basically done whatever it took to make it work. but i think it is fair to say that as you look across the country, the deck is still stacked in favor of those already at the top. and there is something wrong with that. there is something wrong when ceos make 300 times more than a typical worker. there is something wrong when american workers keep getting more productive, as i just saw and it is a very possible because of education and skilled training, but that productivity
is not matched in their paychecks. and there is something wrong when hedge fund managers pay lower tax rates than nurses or ms. clinton: there is something wrong with students and families must go into debt in order to make the best of their own lives. the average iowa graduate from a four-year college comes out with $30,000 in debt. that is the ninth highest debt load in the country. people are struggling. today, i met with the student who is piecing together work and loans, knowing he is going to come out owing money.
we have got to figure out how to get back on the right track. i am running for president has i think americans and their families need a champion. i want to be the champion. i want to stand up and fight for people so that they can get by and get ahead. a lot of people have asked me, why do you want to do this? what motivates you? i thought a lot about it. i have been fighting for children and families my entire adult life, will be because of my mother's example. she had a difficult childhood. she never gave up. she had to basically be on her own and she just kept going. my father who just believed they
have to work hard and do whatever he had to do to be successful, provided us with a good living for our family. i was also thinking about the lessons i learned from my church. you are supposed to give back. you are supposed to do what you can to help others. that is what i tried to do. we'll have more time to talk about that as we go forward. i worked for the children's defense fund, a project was literally going door-to-door. in the 70's, kids disabilities were shut out of our schools. that is no longer the case. i was knocking on doors saying, is there anybody school-age not in school? and finding kids who were just left out. i was able in arkansas to
improve education. as first lady, to fight for health care reform they keep fighting for health insurance for kids. as senator, dealing with the problems that faced new york after september 11, to help people get whatever they needed the victims families the first responders. it was an incredible honor to do that. as secretary of state, standing up for our country. but i at where we are as country, i'm so convinced that there isn't anybody anywhere who can outcompete us, who has better values, who can do more to provide more people the chance to live up their own potential. we cannot take that for granted. i want to be the champion who
goes to bat for americans in four areas. because there are those who don't agree with what i think we should be doing. we to build the economy of tomorrow, not yesterday. we need to strengthen families and communities. we need to fix dysfunctional political systems and it unaccountable money out of it, even if it takes a constitutional amendment. and we need to protect our country from threats that we see and the ones on the horizon. so, i am here to begin a conversation about how we do that. and to hear from people about what is on your mind, with the challenges you see are and i will work hard to meet as many people, i will be rolling out ideas and policies about what i think will work, but i want it to be informed by what is actually working. and i want to build on what has
worked, going forward. and to stand up against those who have a different vision of our country, a different one man i grew up with and a different one than i think what is best for everybody. what i would love to do is ask a few questions and hear from folks about their experiences and try to learn what you think would be ways of helping your young people get the kind of education they need, without having the personal bank be broken and put you and your family at financial risk. if i could start with you, you are going to the naval academy? that is a great opportunity. it is also one of the few higher education of such high quality that is free. the young men and women recruited into our military academies are given just a world-class education.
can you maybe describe a little bit more about what you learned in the biotech classes you took and how you think that has helped you with taking this next step? >> we had all the computers in the lab, they said he will find this here, take everything of the computer and for back. it was very hands-on, it wasn't sitting behind a computer, learning how to go through this and that. reading from a lab look, taking notes, it was physically doing what you would do in the infotech field. we do a lot with the tech field because that is what a lot of the kids going into the academy look for, something with i.t., software design. it is something i would do, if i
got a career in that field. and with biotech, i will probably not do too much with biology, but i took a because of the engineering background and -- anytime we do experiments, we write down these reactions, you take notes on everything that changes, any shape or form, and then it prepares me for the kind of engineering work, like being in a lab situation. it is the kind of thing i will see. and while there is a big difference between community college and public, there is no drop-off in quality. i am getting the kind of skills i would get in will get at the academy. hillary clinton: you sound like you will be well prepared for a rigorous curriculum that will
demand a lot of you. i have friends who are either former or current midshipman and i know how challenging the study is. you feel like this has given you the hands on experience that you can transfer. jason, explain the idea about how the high schools coordinate with the community colleges, because part of the reason i am here is because this is a role model, this is not by accident that i ended up at kirkwood, because we looked for those models. lifelong learning, connecting us, the high school with community colleges, other programs, give me a sense of your experience with that? >> well, if you have a couple of hours. the partnership, the way it
works, kirkland and their approach, they are part of a group, there are eight schools. our particular school is one of the smallest, maybe 45 kids in the graduating class. the biggest ones, maybe monticello, they have a hundred. when you look at it, we each look at each other like, had we have a multimillion dollar manufacturing lab in our school, you can do it. where do we send them. we can't put them in a car and drive there. what they did is they started having a conversation, at the end of the date, the kirkwood partnerships with the schools, we commit to sending -- and we work collaboratively, we share information about kids, and we
talk about education, i would love to offer as many things in our school as we possibly can. i don't have all the resources to add 15 new teachers and 15 new programs. collectively though, we can. this is a perfect model. our kids, at the of the day the reason is, because it gives our kids more options and it is stuff -- you have a four-year career, does rigorous course works that can get them ready, and a segue for college, you are in college, you are not. he can have those conversations with parents, i went to this and i feel prepared and ready. throw them out there. and the other side of it is, we have audio tech, manufacturing they are directed toward a career. and conversations we have, the getty focus of what they want to do and we help them get it. now they have the resources to do that. >> and confidence.
>> and we held in still that. -- help instill that. they feel confident and they are certified, now i want to go on and be a nurse, now i want to do this in the factory, and they know i am good, i can get a job. it is great. hillary clinton: so if you are enrolled in a local high school, it is free? >> right, and we are supported it is posted in very -- post secondary. it is great to see these kids get these jobs, when they are here they are helping each other and they bring each other to another level. they are ready to excel and to keep going. i love that these kids are around that. and every once in a while, -- and collectively we will have all kids like that.
the kids get to know each other, they learn from each other, not just in their education, but they know what it is like to be in college. they meet kids from other you see someone. you know how it was in college and you meet kids are mother schools? hillary clinton: we called collect in those days. jason: we're still there counselors and principles are there. i am an example of that. i am off to college and i had a rough start. i did not have a support system so it is a nice segue for our kids. they learn how to manage their times. they get a career out of this. they go off and get a job. i'm a huge fan of what we are doing here.
when you're trying to increase that rigor, without having to hire 10 new teachers. this is a great model. hillary clinton: i really believe that. true, tell me about your experience, you are still in high school. you still have another year. how did you end up here, did you hear about it, did a counselor tell you about it? >> we had meetings, they come back and share about it. kirkwood seemed fun, so many different classes, you get the college feel. it is different from owing to high school. being able to come here and participate in all this stuff, i am in of the audio tech academy. so, we get to do everything hands on. the first day of class, we are out working on cars. we are experiencing everything.
it is great to get out and do stuff and not just learned about it for weeks on end and then maybe go good to do some of the stuff. so, it is great. hillary clinton: is it your experience working on auto, you have to learn a lot of math, computers, they were talking to me about with the computerized numeric control, trying to really use their math skills and upgrade them so that they can deal with all of the computerization? >> yes, cars are controlled with computers now, we do a ton of work with computers. that is valuable to know. in order to be certified, going on into the motor field -- >> that is the instructor right there. >> -- hillary clinton: how long have you been working here? >> six years. hillary clinton: that is great. i like this model, because young
people who might be in high school, if they can get hands on and feel like they are doing something they love, that motivates them to learn the math, to learn the composition learn the skills that will help them. what i have seen happen in other places. >> this is for everybody's benefit, this was started six years ago. we have had great success with this, the partnerships we have formed with the steel people this -- especially in this area, but throughout the whole county service area. this is the first one that has proven successful that we actually went out for a bond issue and asked for the area to approve dollars to build more of these. this is the first one, the
second one is in cedar rapids, the third in washington, iowa. and the fourth one will be the first in the nation where community college told on a four-year campus. this is a great partnership. last year, this year, we will serve over 500,000 high schoolers. you have to think about those high schoolers. some of them are first generation. they get a chance, just like these folks, to experience something different than high school. maybe at a different level. that is what we are -- because that is what we are about, and opportunity system. not only for our college age students, but also for k-12 partners and they have widely supported us. not only do they come to our centers, but we also send our faculty into high schools. so they get what is called dual credit, last year alone, if you
talk about, if you come to kirkland -- kirkwood, those parents will say $2.5 million in tuition. if they come to kirkwood. if they went to iowa, the tuition is about twice as high triple if you go private. so, like she has, that will lower the student debt. it really gives them the experience. one of the best pictures we have for here, all of the students, they all come just in a football uniforms and volleyball uniforms and golf and cheerleading and everything, we take a picture. so that night, they go compete on the field, but here they learn together. it is a partnership. and i think they really have grown and had an opportunity to interact. another thing that we really think sets us apart, a lot of our cte courses are nationally certified.
when they leave here they will have a certificate. i just talked to a young man in washington, he is a senior, he will graduate with us. he will have a certificate in welding. he has had five job offers and he will go out and make $40,000 his first year, out of high school. this land was donated by business person. hillary clinton: you provide the services and people. parents, business, they can see the results. we have got to rebuild that connection because in too many places, there has been a lack of appreciation of the importance of investing education at all levels.
and being creative as you have been about how we provide more opportunities. i did want to ask you, when did you start taking courses here? ellen: i started my sophomore year, i took an online course. and then i actually started taking the kirkwood academy. arts and sciences i. i actually do not take a main course. i take it at the high school. i get credits, high school english credit and college credit, too. hillary clinton: so you will have 48 college credits when you graduate from high school? ellen: yep. because i am also taking an online class right now. i'll take a course out here in the summer and i took one last summer. hillary clinton: are there many other students doing what you are doing among your friends? ellen: yeah, there are a lot of my classmates in the kirkwood academy with me but there are
not a lot of people that will do summer courses on top of that and also online classes because -- this year, now at our school, we started when can take kirkwood and -- the online kirkwood class. so i can get a lot more credits. hillary clinton: and you're still doing her high school courses or id substitute for your high school courses? ellen: the english credit is different. it is the composition i and ii class. you get college credit in high school english classes. usually if you would take a kirkwood class, you would get an elective credit. so you would have to take your english classes at the high school. it helps a lot. hillary clinton: what is next for you with all these credits? ellen: well, i plan on going to mt. marcy. and i think i'm going to major in business but i will have two years done.
i will almost have an associates degree. hillary clinton: that is terrific. so then, you will only have to pay for two years of four year college. ellen: kirkwood and monticello high school, the partnership has provided me with a lot of opportunities. i'm fortunate to be a part of that. hillary clinton: you are walking advertisement for it, for how important this option is. diane, as an instructor how you see the benefit of these blended programs and what issues have you seen a rise? how would you make a better. diane: a great question. jason mentioned many of the positives that come out of the classroom. i think the best thing i see is, although i understand the premise of no child left behind,
i do feel as fif by focusing so much on making sure everyone is proficiently sometimes do not stretch the higher achievers. that is where kirkwood has been fantastic. it has offered programs for students like ellen who excel in high school who needed extra challenge. and some times, not just a challenge in english or in speech but in the cte areas. so i think that has been a gap that this program is held fill. hillary clinton: that is an important point because i've been involved in education reform for a long time, not in recent years in an active way, but certainly is a very interested observer. and i do agree with you that we have to do more to open up our education system so that we are meeting individual students where there are and where they could be with the right
motivation, the different opportunities for learning, the hands-on, for example. and i think we do have to have accountability measures, but not at the expense of the individualized learning that needs to go on. so, how we do that in this gigantic country of ours, you can see how it can work through a school by school basis of the partnership between monticello and kirkwood and i'm looking for those good ideas. so that we can try to go further and provide them to more people with perhaps not the exposures that your students have had. so, you have taught how many years? diane: 21. hillary clinton: 21. predominantly in high school? diane: correct. hillary clinton: how would you characterize your students today from the students you taught when he first started?
diane: oh, another very good question. i think our students are bolder today. i think they are more willing to take risk. i think they are also more apprehensive about the future. 20 years ago, a set number of students believed, i'm going to go to college. and another set said, i am very content getting a job and working in the family farm. so that is what it would like to do. and we've seen a shift in education where there is a lot more pressure to go on and pursue an education. and a lot of that has come from the reports of financial gain. we see all these charts about, with a high school education this is how much money you make. with a two year or for your degree, this is how your outlook and change. i think students see that. if i want to live this american
dream, i have got to go to college. i think it is a positive pressure that they want to challenge themselves to do more. i think they are also becoming very aware that these jobs where once they are able 20 year ss ago, that they were able to leave high school and get, now they do not have all the training they need. i think that is another gap kirkwood helps fill, some of that training so they can leave -- jason: i would piggyback on what diane said. i've been doing this for 16 years. what a scene as you are exactly right except one thing that is different is you have to -- kids have to be more precise about what their choices are. if you go back 20 years ago, you're looking at jobs were plentiful. the economy was great. hillary clinton: i remember.
jason: there was someone he was helping lead us through that. and what i'd say it was kind of easy to get a four year degree. you are talking about college debt. that is what i spent a considerable amount of time to save them money. so she can make a decision to get 48 credits for the right reason. now ellen, man, i've got to get this credit because this gives me to mt. mercy. what happens when you do not know where you are going? we are having a conversation and i pray that they used to have when you are senior. the pressure is you have to be precise. that's good because rooms like this get them nationally certified. then you hav e to do a job of
getting kids to that process of thinking about it. hillary clinton: that is another thing kirkwood does, which i wanted to ask mitch to explain. as i understand, you do a lot of financial counseling for the students here. a lot of outreach to help them. you started in high school. but a lot of people are still not going to know exactly what they want to do. and the end of at the community college. then they me continuing help. mitch: as you think about the value of a community college there are a couple that come to mind. one is we are at lower cost so a student who does not have a clue about what they want to be when they grow up, they can start. that is the advantage of all of our centers. they cane come in as a sophomore or junior and they can think about-- find out they do not like -- i'm going to try something else. probably the best thing this does is, as you think about what
we are delivering, and it is really, we're focused in on those little skill jobs which are plentiful out there were people, where there is not enough people to take those jobs. so a lot of our academies focusing on those. we have over 20 academies. you can do pre-dental, pre-engineering, you name it we have got it. there a lot of opportunities for students choose from. that's the value of having an opportunity system as you look at it. it is a great partnership we have with the k-12. every one of tehhem is involved in our concurrent enrollment which gives an advantage there. but i just, we, well, we do one thing in eighth grade. we bring in every a greater into a financial literacy day through our workplace learning connection.
and so, that's -- i won't go into what that is. they come in for a day, and they have, they want to be when they grow up and everybody has to do that at the end of eighth grade. you have got to have a plan. i have a plan, is what it is called. hillary clinton: about being precise. this is what you say want to do and what you have to do to be able to do it. that's so important. i think there are a lot of families who are just as confused and apprehensive as their kids are. what does this mean and how do you do it? how do i even talk to my kid about it? the school and the college are helping to support the conversation going on inside the family's. tell me about your coming to school and what did you do before? anything else you would like to share. >> worked in homeland security.
i decided on a career change. so i decided to come to kirkwood. i'm single mother of three kids. there is no way could afford anything other than kirkwood. i was allowed to work the work-study program, and i was granted apell grants, which have helped me tremendously through this. being a parent ofa that is getting ready to come to kirkwood next year, i have learned so much being here to help her get through the rest of it because college has become more of a a necessity than it ever has before, i think. in order, which is why i came back to kirkwood, because i wanted to be proficient in a skill that i could use ina a variety of ways whic this administration does that. hillary clinton: does the work program, pell grant pay for it
or do you have additional cost? >> so far. i am getting to a point where i may have to take out loans which i'm trying to avoid because i do not want a large debt when i'm done. when i'm done with kirkwood, i would like to continue on to a four year degree. hillary clinton: if that is what you want to do, that is a great goal. i fully support president obama's plan to make community college free, but even if we were successful in making the costs directly associated with going to college free, there all these other costs people have to figure how to way to pay. and so, we've got to look at this from the perspective of the actual student and the students family. what can you afford? what amount of debt aree you willing to take on?
how three make sure it is affordable and it can be paid back a stun your income so that you do not get pushed into an absolutely untenable financial situation right out of school? but then they are all these other costs. whether it is books or online materials. whatever you need to be able to actually go to the courses. and some people have told me that that becomes a bigger problem. that, like a pell grant covers most of not all of the community college cost. but a lot of students are working or they are single parents and they have all these other expenses that they don't have any help trying to pay. how do you thought about that? >> that is where the work study has come in, because it allowed me the opportunity to make money while i'm going to school. not enough to raise my family on.
but eventually, it will be. i'll get there. hillary clinton: i think that looking at education, it truly does remain not only the best pathway -- although not everybody has to do it exactly the same way. getting these national certifications that enable you to make $40,000 because you are a metal worker or an auto worker, but still, getting those skills and that education and getting the credentials is really important in today's global economy. we just have to get back to making it affordable and open for everybody willing to work for it. in many parts of the country now, we have the costs are so high. some of the for-profit schools. some of the scandals that have arisen where they take all this money and put all these young
people and their families into debt. even if they graduate, they do not have credentials that will give them those jobs. or they can't graduate because the other costs are too great. so they dropout but they still have the debt, and they do not have the degree. so we've got to sort this out, and take on those interests that want to keep the system the way this because it generates a lot of money and interest payments for them. and instead, get back to basis. how do we have -- an opportunity system? we have to start that in prekindergarten. we have to give more kids the chance to get ready. we we have to start at the very beginning where you have to realize you are going to babies brain by talking and reading and singing to that baby. my poor granddaughter, her first words are going to be, stop it. we know neurons are firing and
connections are being made. by the time a child gets to kindergarten, much of the vocabulary's been formed. a lot of. their brain to element has occurred so we need an opportunity from birth through lifelong adult learning. we should be embracing that in coming up with the best ways to create the kind of partnership that you have here in more place s. and kind of flesh out the bad actors who are taken advantage of students and not really providing much in in return and lift up the good actors like kirkwood. how do you see all this? mitch: let me comment. besides what we do during the day, we have over 1000 students taking continuing ed. when you talk about lifelong learning, there is a lot of opportunity for everybody to keep their brain active.
but i've been in education for a long time, 46 years. and i've always thought is we're not doing enough to provide this opportunity systems. not everybody is going to fit into that same mold. and we need to have different pathways that each one of these student has taken. we need to provide that in the most economical way possible. and so, when you think partnerships, you think collaboration, that is how we are going to get it done. we do that on a statewide basis. we got one of the taa ccp grants for $13.5 million in iowa to focus in on advanced manufacturing. all community colleges are focusing in on that. when you put the power of that together, i think you can make a difference. and the presidents of the community colleges in iowa, we put together a proposal that we
just order to put down the road that would make it possible to have a we have here and there are a couple others of the state, but to put this opportunity in the entire state. so does not matter if you are in cedar rapids or monticello or the nrorth part of the state you would have the opportunity to take some of the courses through the academy. so, we are slowly moving that ahead. being deliberate about it. but i think that is what it is all about. we all have to work together. we cannot let boundaries define us. hillary clinton: you are singing my song here. because i think we need a new vision, new paradigm of how we are going to do education that can get people excited again instead of what in too many places has become a battle with a lot of arguments based on ideology instead of results. there has been it annoys amount of research done in education. some really good data about what
works. i think we should be focusing on that. the partnerships that result are what i hope will guide us as we look at the role the federal government should play, because there is a will for the federal government but the real work has to be done at the local level. starting in families, then schools, then committee colleges, four year colleges. i believe the country is ripe for that kind of conversation because i think there is a lot of frustration. you mentioned no child left behind. there were a lot of goals. we have learned what works and what does not work. we all to focus on the former. we have to figure out how to take a system that had so much potential and has produced so many positive outcomes for so many millions of people and just
get down to really sorting out how we work together instead of arguing about education, how we were together, get everybody acting in good faith around the table and try to sort it out because it's clear to me that when you look at community colleges, those are uniquely american invention. that is why am really starting here, because you talk about american education and american innovation and creating jobs community colleges is something that nobody else in the world did. now, i've spent years telling people around the world, look of our community colleges, but a lot of people have not caught under the figure. until they do, let's make sure the committee colleges available and affordable and in partnership. and i'm thrilled to be starting this campaign in iowa, going out, listening to people and learning from all of you what works, what you're concerned
about, with the problems are but also, what's exciting about the futur and putting it all together so that we can -- if we really focus on how we recent respect each other again, trust each other again, listen to each other again, work with each other again, leave the ideology and the partisanship at the door and come in and say, here are the goals we should have. opportunity system -- i'm going to steal that. for all our people started before they go into formal school and all the way through in the education arena and and all the other areas that really matter to middle-class families. that know that this a way forward. i'm grateful that you would take time off to spend with me. i want to give anybody a chance
to say any last-minute concern or issue. andrew, anything? since you are going to the naval academy, how you see our security and some of the issues around your service? drew: i visited for a week last summer. after meeting with a lot of the midshipmen there, i met with some that i just finish their first year. a couple that are about to go out and -- the future is bright. i'll get plenty of that the next four years. hillary clinton: ready to to serve your country? drew: more than ready. what about you, ellen? ellen: one thing that comes to mind with me, it does not affect me but my sister has a disability. so in school, it's harder for her to grasp concepts.
and so i was just wondering what were your policies that you have for children with disabilities? to help improve their education. because i think it would be beneficial for her if she had an opportunity in the summer to continue her education. she can continue to rise. hillary clinton: that is a important point because for many students, there is research that have difficulties learning. whether it is because of disabilities or other circumstances in their lives. they lose a lot of the ground that they gained during the school year because during the summer they do not have the constant stimulation, education that would give them the chance to keep learning and keep building. i think that we should do much
more to realize the promise that tom harkin was a champion of to make sure that people, but particularly young people with disabilities, have the learning opportunities they need. in an opportunity society, not everybody learns the same way or at the same pace. there are students who learned with their hands, students who learn by listening, students who need a relationship with the teacher, others who do it online. we have got to start sorting this out. for students with disabilities we want them to have a place in society that gives them satisfaction and provides an opportunity even to make a living or make a contribution. so i would like to see us explore more ways that we can use the existing system to provide, whether it has a community college or four-year college or a local school
district that other people come to part of, so kids with disabilities have that continuing support like your sister. i would like to see that. diane, what do you think? what other points would you like to make? diane: i think we are very blessed to live where we do. where education starting very young through high school, this community college. we have all these opportunities and we are fortunate here. i worry that not all of the american gets to experience this treasure we have. and i think the common core is a wonderful stuff in the right direction. of improving american education. and it's painful to see that attacked. i'm wondering what can you do to bring that heart back to education?
what can we do so that parents and communities and businesses believe in american education and that teachers are respected and our schools are respected and are colleges are respected? and we offer a quality education to all americans throughout the united states? hillary clinton: wow. that is really a powerful, touching comment that i embrace. you know, what i think about the really unfortunate argument that has been going on around common core, it's very painful because the common core started off as a bipartisan effort. it was actually nonpartisan. it wasn't politicized. it was to try to come up with a core of learn that we might
expect students to achieve across our country, no matter what kind of school district they were in, no matter how poor their family was, that there wo uldn't be two tierse of education. everybody would be looking at what would be learned doing their best to achieve that. i think part of the reason why iowa may be more understanding of this is you have had the iowa core for years. u.s. had a system plus the iowa assessment test. i think i'm right in saying that i took those when i was in elementary school. the iowa tests. so that iowa has had a testing system based on a core curriculum for a really long time. you see the value of it. you understand why that helps you organize your whole education system. and a lot of states,
unfortunately, haven't had that. so do not understand the value of a core in the sense, a common core, y es,es, of course, you can figure out the best way in your community to reach -- put your question is a larger one. how do we end up at a point where we are so negative about the most important, non-family enterprise and the raising of the next generation which is how our kids are educated? there are a lot of explanations, i suppose, but whenever they are, we need to get back into a broad conversation where people will actually listen to each other again and try to come up with solutions for problems, because the problems in monticello are not the same problems you will find in the inner city of our biggest urban
areas. that is a given. we have to do things differently. it should all be driven by the same commitment to try to make sure we do educate every child. that is why i was a senator and voted for, you know, leave no child behind because i thought every child should matter and shouldn't be you are poor or you have disabilities so we will sweep you to the back, don't show up on test day because we don't want to mess up our scores, no, every child should have the same opportunity. i think we to get back to basics and have to look to teachers to lead the way on that. you are the ones who have 21 15, 40 -- 46 years of experience. >> oh, gosh. clinton: i think you make a very important observation about what we need to be doing and what i hope i can do in this campaign
and as president. stephanie? stephanie: i'm wondering what the government can do or what the schools can do to help people like myself, single mothers that are are struggling to better themselves and better their families. you know, when kind of advantages can they help with? clinton: well, i want to tell you about a program i started when i lived in arkansas. and when i was teaching at the university of arkansas. and i got to know a lot of the students who were single parents, predominantly women not all but mostly. and who were trying to raise their families, work and go to school and it was really difficult. so i started something called the arkansas single parent scholarship fund. and we raised money first in the county where i lived and where the university was and now it as statewide program in arkansas
and people give money to supplement the needs of single parents. it is what i was talking about earlier. if you are a single parent and you have an old clunky car and it breaks down and can't be fixed, where are you going to get the money to buy a new car or get it towed here to try and fix it? either way, right? or you have childcare and your childcare falls apart, the person who you trusted to look after your kids is moving or are gentlemenning a different job. -- are getting a different job. where does the money from that come from? the single parent scholarship fund provides these kinds of emergency financial assistance and i think the last time i checked it helped 35,000 single parents go to college, either
community and get their associate's degree, four year and get their bachelor's and it has been a lifesaver. for so many people you are on your own and trying to do this and manage it and it is not easy. i would like to see that kind of program available in every state and it is all donations. it is everybody just contributes because they want to help. and every county runs their own version of that. stephanie: even with employers if you could go out and get a full-time job and still go to school if employers were willing to work around the school schedule rather than say no, your hours are 9:00 to 5:00 or 3:00 to 11:00 or whatever. if they helped you out like that it would be such an advantage to people myself. clinton: and create more loyalty among employees. be rolling out a lot of different policies about how to help families balance work and
family responsibilities. but business also has to step up because i think many businesses i'm not going to say all but many businesses could be more flexible and more understanding and more supportive of the stresses that are on modern families today. i think we should try to incentive size some of those behaviors so that business get some support for doing an approach that might be different than one they would prefer because it is easier if you just come at 9:00 and leave at 5:00 or come at 3:00 and leave at 11:00 and up with of the big challenges we are facing right now is that a lot of places there is no predictability for schedule at all. put yourself in the position you are in now raising three kids, doing your work and going to cal and suppose you are working at a place that calls you up the night before and says i don't need you tomorrow don't show up
so you don't get paid or call you up and say i want you to come on tomorrow and the next day from 3:00 to 11:00 and you say i have a class at 6:00, to bad you have to show up. people are saying that is not right. there should be predictability in employ and flexibility on the side of the employer. we have to find a way to do that. drew? drew: i want to comment on how great the program has been because it allows you to experience different career fields. you can eliminate your options and finally tonight, out what you want to go to and spend the money to go to school for along with the job shadows and internships and give you a sense of what is out there and gives you a chance to get hands on
experience and really get a good education on what there is as well as the programs themselves for the education from the program. clinton: it has really been a big plus for you, you really feel like it helped you not only learn skills but have a better idea of what you want to do in future? drew: yes. clinton: jason? jason: on the drive over we were talking about that. we are happy to have you in iowa. i know iowans are pragmatic proud people i have to use the best word i can is like we are just regular people and appreciate that you came here on the first stop and coming to kirkwood is huge and one request that i would have as you start campaigning and moving around is remember this kid right here because at the end of the day, you know, if you are a lawyer,
if you are doctor, no one has ever done that job. so when you look around people go i don't really understand that. in education, everyone has been in school so everyone feels like they know when education should be. that is good and also problematic when trying to make change. one thing that i hope you focus on not only in iowa but around the country education is really i believe the key to everything we do. think about it, you are a teacher when you went to other cup interests and talked to them about what is going on you are teaching about when is going on here. your students were the world. you will be doing that as you move across state and country and help everyone remember that education is heart of everything we do and we need to really do a good job of that whether here at kirkwood or in a high school or college setting, i think education should be a big part of what you aring to and i know you are going to do that. clinton: absolutely.